This is a brief TEMA update on the Sevier County Wildfire and Tennessee Tornadoes, to simply remind everyone of the various donations, volunteers, and resources available to help the wildfire survivors. This will be the final update this evening and we will not be distributing updates on Saturday, unless there are significant developments. We will provide another update on Sunday. News media with questions about the local activities and coordination in Sevier County can call the Joint Information Center at 865-407-0025. -Dean
DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS & RESOURCES
• Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Office and numerous State Departments and Agencies have collaborated to publish a resource webpage for Sevier County residents, businesses, and for those who want to help the wildfire survivors.
• The Sevier County resource page is located at http://www.tn.gov/governor/news/sevier-county-resource-page, and includes topic information on donations, employment assistance, hiring contractors, health matters, housing assistance, insurance help, and letting loved ones know you are safe. Topics and information will continue to be added and TEMA will continue to publish our Flash Report updates, too.
• Those who would like to volunteer to help for Sevier County, should sign up with Volunteer East Tennessee https://www.volunteeretn.org/DisasterRecovery. You will be contacted as soon as Sevier County has volunteer operations up-and-running. Please do not show up in Sevier County to volunteer, or deliver donations.
• The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TN VOAD) have setup a call center, 866-586-4483, staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day, for information about donating goods and volunteering to help survivors of the Sevier County wildfires.
TELL LOVED ONES YOU ARE SAFE
Sevier County residents can indicate their status with the American Red Cross at the organizations Safe and Well website: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.
Residents can also use Facebook’s Safety Check to indicate their status: https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/.
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